What does animation mean?

Definitions for animation
ˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃənan·i·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. animation, life, living, alivenessnoun

    the condition of living or the state of being alive

    "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"

  2. animation, vitalitynoun

    the property of being able to survive and grow

    "the vitality of a seed"

  3. animation, spiritedness, invigoration, brio, vivificationnoun

    quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous

  4. vivification, invigoration, animationnoun

    the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something

  5. animationnoun

    the making of animated cartoons

  6. liveliness, animationnoun

    general activity and motion


  1. animationnoun

    The act of animating, or giving life or spirit.

  2. animationnoun

    The technique of making inanimate objects or drawings appear to move in motion pictures or computer graphics.

  3. animationnoun

    The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; vivacity; spiritedness

    He recited the story with great animation.

  4. animationnoun

    The condition of being animate or alive.

    Perhaps an inanimate thing supplies me, while I am speaking, with whatever I possess of animation. --Landor.

  5. animationnoun

    conversion from the inanimate to animate grammatical category

  6. Etymology: From animatio, from animare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Animationnoun

    Etymology: from animate.

    Plants or vegetables are the principal part of the third day’s work. They are the first producat, which is the word of animation. Francis Bacon, Natural History, cent. v.


  1. Animation

    Animation is a method in which pictures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. Today, most animations are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI). Computer animation can be very detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets or clay figures. Commonly the effect of animation is achieved by a rapid succession of sequential images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon and beta movement, but the exact causes are still uncertain. Analog mechanical animation media that rely on the rapid display of sequential images include the phénakisticope, zoetrope, flip book, praxinoscope and film. Television and video are popular electronic animation media that originally were analog and now operate digitally. For display on the computer, techniques like animated GIF and Flash animation were developed. Animation is more pervasive than many people realise. Apart from short films, feature films, animated gifs and other media dedicated to the display of moving images, animation is also heavily used for video games, motion graphics and special effects. Animation is also prevalent in information technology interfaces.The physical movement of image parts through simple mechanics – in for instance the moving images in magic lantern shows – can also be considered animation. The mechanical manipulation of puppets and objects to emulate living beings has a very long history in automata. Automata were popularised by Disney as animatronics. Animators are artists who specialize in creating animation.


  1. animation

    Animation is a method in filmmaking where images or objects are manipulated or given the illusion of movement in a sequential manner. This can be achieved through various forms such as traditional animation, computer animation, stop-motion, or by means of 3D or 2D graphics. The process of creating animation can involve drawing individual frames, using models, or generating images digitally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animationnoun

    the act of animating, or giving life or spirit; the state of being animate or alive

  2. Animationnoun

    the state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; vivacity; spiritedness; as, he recited the story with great animation


  1. Animation

    Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images to create an illusion of movement. The most common method of presenting animation is as a motion picture or video program, although there are other methods. This type of presentation is usually accomplished with a camera and a projector or a computer viewing screen which can rapidly cycle through images in a sequence. Animation can be made with either hand rendered art, computer generated imagery, or three-dimensional objects, e.g., puppets or clay figures, or a combination of techniques. The position of each object in any particular image relates to the position of that object in the previous and following images so that the objects each appear to fluidly move independently of one another. The viewing device displays these images in rapid succession, usually 24, 25, or 30 frames per second.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Animation

    A film or video wholly or partially created by photographing drawings, sculptures, or other inanimate things in sequence to create the illusion of motion. Animations are also generated by computers. (From Moving Image Materials: Genre Terms, 1988)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of animation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of animation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of animation in a Sentence

  1. Walt Disney:

    Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.

  2. Richard Burton:

    False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.

  3. Paul Newman:

    The nice thing about animation, you don't even really have to account for yourself. All of the physical stuff that you work on as an actor, you just throw away.

  4. Don Hall:

    One upon a time there was a freckle-faced little boy who told his mom and his dad he was going to work at Walt Disney Animation and they did something amazing. They supported him, big Hero 6.

  5. Pete Docter:

    We often hear of animation referred to as a genre, which we don't believe in, we just consider it a medium and one thing, the only real metric we work to...is make something you want to see, make something you'd be proud to show your family.

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